Well I’ve addressed the little foibles involved with looking for clothes in a cluttered store, and I’ve addressed some of the most beautiful things life has to offer. But, alas, I haven’t addressed an integral part of having MS, and that is pain. What better time to address the issue than while I’m experiencing some trigeminal nerve pain. The trigeminal nerves run along your jaw, down to your chin, and to have pain in these nerves is certainly the most excruciating pain I’ve ever experienced. It’s been compared to getting an electrical shock except that this isn’t a zap, its a Zaaaaaaaaaaap. It’s not the first time I’ve experienced pain with MS but it’s the most intense. I remember feeling like I was getting stabbed in the head.Though I’ve never been stabbed in the head, it’s what I would imagine it would feel like. It comes just as I am drifting off to sleep then the music from the shower scene of Psycho can be heard.  I’ve never tried to sleep on a cactus but it sometimes feels like I am. Much of the pain is difficult to describe so it’s somewhat frustrating to convey my level of discomfort. It’s when it interferes with eating or drinking that I become concerned and try to express my concern to others and then I’m not so perky and charming. 

So what’s the moral of the story? That pain sucks? That MS has been around for so long and yet there are no cures? My complaints are not unique since there are many people in the world contending with actually much worse. One only has to tune into the news to see that. It’s impossible to compare pain but being able to laugh is something that we all have in common so laughter may be the great equalizer. As they say laughter is the best medicine.